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Consumer Expert Reveals Items In Homes That Need Replacing

Elisabeth Leamy

Nothing lasts forever and if you try to make certain household products last too long, you could be exposing yourself to disgusting —even dangerous— hazards in every room. Of course, we need to toss that grimy toothbrush and kitchen sponge when they appear used and abused, but have you ever considered smoke detectors, mattresses, and plastic food containers? Yep, those also need to be replaced often for health and safety reasons. Award-winning consumer reporter Elisabeth Leamy is all about keeping families safe. She recently shared the crucial “replacement cycles” with The Daily Buzz.

First up for replacement, our smoke detectors! Sure, we all know about replacing the batteries but, did you know the whole detector should be replaced every 10 years? Same goes for surge protectors, you can toss those about every two years (or, more often than you do now!). Our mattresses are not exempt from the “replacement cycle”.  According to the National Sleep Foundation, you should replace your mattress every 8-10 years for optimal sleep. As if a guaranteed good night’s sleep isn’t already a great reason to splurge on bedding – mattresses made before 2010 didn’t benefit from the CertPUR-US® program, and maybe another reason to go mattress shopping. The nonprofit program makes sure that the foam used in mattresses is made without formaldehyde and Tris flame retardants and other chemicals of concern.

The hidden dangers don’t stop there. Those battered plastic food storage containers need to go! Leamy says, “We tend to keep them [plastic food storage containers] around. They need to be replaced – especially if they have the number ‘3 or 6’ printed on the back of them. Even traditional non-stick pans used to be made with an ingredient potential cancer causer. Ceramic or cast iron are better to use.”

And, finally, we head to the bathroom, a place where you’ll want to replace items more frequently. Leamy reminded us that sunscreen actually expires after three years. And, as for the humble razor resting along with the bathtub, she says, “Razors can nick us so suddenly those bad bugs have a pathway to your body. That’s why dermatologists are now recommending that you replace your razor after every 5-7 uses. If it’s crusty or rusty you need to throw it out!”

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